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Newton Emerson: Catalan crisis a double-edged sword for Sinn Féin

Making comparisons with Spanish situation only serves to show how accommodating UK is

The Dáil debated the Catalan crisis on Tuesday at Sinn Féin’s request.

How long before the republican party realises this topic is a double-edged sword?

Catalonia is not Spain 1a Getty ImagesThe worse the crisis in Spain becomes, the more it undermines separatist positions inside the UK – and that applies to Scottish nationalists as much as to Irish republicans.

Yet both are clinging ever more tightly to Catalonia, as the reasons for their empathy boil down to confused…

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